Originally Posted by ben1364
#3 above was arguably true for earlier model K LTs in comparison to GL1800s. Since the 2005 models LTs and GLs have approximately the sane HP and torque ratings though the smaller displacement/lighter weight LT does it's thing at higher RPM while sipping less fuel.
As someone who owns both an '06 Wing and an '06 LT, I can tell you that in the real world that couldn't be further from the truth.
I own a Bushtec trailer that I have pulled behind both bikes, and the idea that the LT makes anywhere near the usable
torque below 4k is just not true.
If you looked at the actual Torque curves of both bikes (link below) you would see that the Wing makes the 90 pounds of it's 104 pounds feet of torque right off idle, while the LT makes you increase the revs to get 'er going.
That's a lotta' clutch slippin'.
In a straight 1-up, no trailer drag race, the LT and the Wing are about even. The Wing however, could pull tree stumps. They might as well paint it green and gold and put a John Deere logo on it.
As for sipping less fuel, the impact of the Bushtec trailer on the LT's mileage was a larger percentage drop than on the Wing (telling my unscientific mind that the LT had to work harder to pull her). Combine that with the price difference in gas (LT - premium, Wing = Regular), and I would expect that fuel costs per mile traveled would be similar.